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Zach Lewis is an associate in the Interactive Entertainment and Blockchain Technology Groups. He counsels clients on the metaverse, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), Web3, and new technology ventures across a wide range of industries, from video games and music to fashion, food, and film.
Zach works with clients on a variety of intellectual property matters, entertainment and brand deals, marketing agreements, privacy policies, and terms of service for various platforms utilizing blockchain technology.
Before joining Frankfurt Kurnit, Zach graduated cum laude from Temple Law in Philadelphia with a full tuition scholarship. There, he was also awarded for his outstanding trial, mediation, and oral advocacy and worked as a Staff Editor for the Temple Law Review. For years, Zach wrote about the intersection of law and technology with a particular focus on intellectual property law. He later served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Anne E. Lazarus of the Superior Court of Pennsylvania. He was recognized by Marquis Who’s Who in America in 2020 for his dedication to the field of law and passion for learning.
In 2021, Zach created Blockchain Barristers, an active global community that includes hundreds of lawyers and law students focused on legal issues surrounding blockchain technology. He currently serves as the lead community manager, compiling open access resources and facilitating virtual and in-person discussions for members in addition to working on other benefits.
Zach is also a passionate NFT collector and advocate with an academic background in psychology. He frequently speaks and writes about Web3, smart contracts, the metaverse, and the potential for NFTs and blockchain technology to empower individuals, invigorate companies, and disrupt a variety of industries. He offers the incredibly unique perspective of a collector, consumer, community member, and lawyer when discussing blockchain, culture, and the law with clients to help them navigate these rapidly changing landscapes.
Zach is admitted to practice in California and Pennsylvania. He speaks, reads, and writes fluent Spanish.
awards & recognition
Marquis Who’s Who in America (2020)
Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2019)
Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 2016)
Upcoming Speaking Engagements
Zach Lewis and Hannah Taylor are speakers at NFT.NYC 2023 under the Legal & Finance Track. Details here.
April 12 2023
Past Speaking Engagements
Legal Issues on the Horizon: AI, Blockchain, and Beyond
Zach Lewis and Emma C. Smizer co-lead the “Legal Issues on the Horizon: AI, Blockchain, and Beyond” panel during Frankfurt Kurnit’s The Legal Side of Video Games event in San Francisco.
March 23 2023
IBA 5th Silicon Beach Conference: From Start-Up to Exit
Daniel M. Goldberg and Zach Lewis co-moderate a panel on NFTs and the metaverse, incorporating privacy components at the International Bar Association’s Silicon Beach conference.
January 23 2023
Blockchain Technology Compliance
Zach Lewis and Maria Nava present a training on blockchain technology use cases and compliance to members of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).
December 14 2022
The Promised Land: Risks and Opportunities with Asset Ownership in Digital Economies
Zach Lewis joins panelists to discuss the evolution of consumerism, digital assets, and online economies at the XR Safety Initiative’s third annual Metaverse Safety Week.
December 12 2022
The Future of Sports & NFTs
Zach Lewis speaks on the intersection of blockchain technology and sports entertainment during a panel for the California State University Long Beach graduate program in sports management.
November 30 2022
Privacy and Data Security Concerns with NFT Drops
Zach Lewis and Maria Nava present: “NFT Compliance: Key Privacy Issues to Consider,” at the Privacy + Security Forum in Washington, D.C. Read more.
November 3 2022
The Metaverse: Creating New Opportunities and Legal Issues in the U.S. and Beyond
Zach Lewis joins attorneys from global law firm Taylor Wessing on their "Tech & Law TV" show in Hamburg, Germany to speak on legal issues related to the metaverse, NFTs, and Web3 in the United States and European Union.
October 5 2022
The Metaverse & The Multiverse: What Happens When the Law has to Play Catch Up to NFTs and Digital Transformation of Things
Zach Lewis speaks on the recent expansion of the metaverse and resulting legal issues during a panel at the California Lawyers Association Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. Read more.
September 16 2022
NFT Compliance Part 2: Privacy Issues to Consider Before Your Drop
Daniel M. Goldberg and Zach Lewis present, "NFT Compliance Part 2: Privacy Issues to Consider Before Your Drop" during a webinar hosted by the California Lawyers Association. Read more.
August 18 2022
NFT Compliance Part 1: Background and IP Issues of NFTs
Hannah Taylor and Zach Lewis present, "NFT Compliance Part 1: Background and IP Issues of NFTs" during a webinar hosted by the California Lawyers Association. Read more.
August 11 2022
Advertising in Web3: Legal Issues and Practical Solutions
Hannah Taylor and Zach Lewis present an overview of advertising and consumer protection legal issues and practical solutions for creators and businesses in Web3 at NFT.NYC 2022.
June 22 2022
NFTs, One Year In: A Survey of the Media & Intellectual Property Issues the Community Needs to Know
Hannah Taylor, Jeremy Goldman, Kimberly Maynard, Nicole Bergstrom, and Zach Lewis host a webinar discussing the state of the NFT/Web3 culture and community, as well as diving into the most pressing intellectual property legal issues emerging in this rapidly evolving space. Read more.
March 31 2022
Video Games and Blockchain Technology: NFTs, The Metaverse, and Play to Earn Gaming
Zach Lewis speaks on the legal and practical issues surrounding blockchain technology and video games, including NFTs, the metaverse, and Play to Earn (P2E) gaming, during the Video Game Bar Association's panel at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, CA.
March 23 2022
NFTs: All You Wanted to Know But Haven’t Asked
Zach Lewis answers questions on NFTs and intellectual property law for the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law’s Q&A, “NFTs: All You Wanted to Know But Haven’t Asked.”
January 11 2022
news & press
Why I’m Open-Sourcing an NFT Insider Trading Policy for the Web3 Community
Jeremy S. Goldman and Zach Lewis worked with bestselling author/blogger Tim Ferriss on drafting an NFT Insider Trading Policy that encourages good behavior and self-regulation in Web3. Read more.
Hottest Firms and Stories on Law360 June 2022
Daniel M. Goldberg and Zach Lewis’s article, “Key Privacy Issues To Consider Before Launching An NFT” is included in Law360's roundup of the stories that generated the most buzz over the past week. View Article
NFT Marketers Warned: Make Sure You Observe Privacy Rules
MediaPost cites Daniel M. Goldberg and Zach Lewis’s article “Key Privacy Issues to Consider Before Launching an NFT.” View Article
Key Privacy Issues To Consider Before Launching An NFT
Law360 published Daniel M. Goldberg and Zach Lewis’s expert analysis article, “Key Privacy Issues to Consider Before Launching an NFT.” The article suggests that there are five steps in dropping an NFT collection, and examines the privacy and data protection issues brands must consider through each of the five steps. View Article